This preliminary study was aimed at evaluating the feasibility to produce biopolymers (BP) from citrus wastewater by mixed microbial culture in an anaerobic/aerobic membrane bioreactor (A/O-MBR). The activated sludge of the A/O-MBR was successfully enriched in microorganisms having a good capacity in producing intracellular biopolymers. The production of BP was found to be about 0.55 mgCOD mgCOD−1 using pure acetate at a concentration of 1000 mgCOD L−1. When using fermented wastewater, the conversion of acetate into BP product was 0.56 mgCOD mgCOD−1 in the test performed with C/N equal to 1000:1, whereas it was only 0.12 mgCOD mgCOD−1 in the test with C/N of 100:5. The results achieved suggested the feasibility to use citrus wastewater as a feedstock for biopolymers production although the low biomass storage capacity (0.26 mgCOD mgCODbiomass−1) suggested the need for optimizing the operating conditions in future studies.
|Numero di pagine||5|
|Rivista||Journal of Water Process Engineering|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2021|
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